College Showcase: ECHS’ Graciela Gomez


What is your career goal?
My career goal is to use my degree to start a company. Hopefully I can move up the ladder at a company and become the chief financial advisor. I know it’s a really ambitious goal to have, but I’m prepared to put in all the hard work and it’s something I’m very passionate about. Finance and business has always interested me. I’d like to give back to a cause I’m really passionate about.

What teacher or teachers have influenced you the most during your time in high school?
Ms. Poppe she’s our English teacher. I had her class during my freshman and sophomore years. During my junior and senior years I still remained pretty close to her because I have some support periods with her. Her example is one to follow. She put herself through school. She got herself to where she is now. She’s honestly one of the best teachers I’ve ever encountered. She’s extremely selfless in that she donates a lot of her extra time to help students.

Describe a school experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.
One of the things that National Honor Society sets up a “giving tree” every Christmas with ornaments. Students can select an ornament from the tree. On the ornament is the name of a kid along with their age, gender and the students are asked to bring in items for that person so less fortunate kids can have gifts for Christmas. NHS is also involved with the Humane Society. We donate food and items. ECHS is based a lot on community service. We are presented many opportunities to be involved with community service; we do relay for life, and trash cleanups. I really has helped shape me as a person because it has taught me to appreciate the time others donate and to give my time.

Have you always been a high achieving student? What has been your motivation?
I was born in Corpus Christi, and then I went to kindergarten in Mexico. Ever since I started first grade in Harlingen, I’ve been on the Principal’s List. I’ve always been a straight A student and now I’m in the Top 10. To me school has never been a drag. I’ve always enjoyed school, especially the liberal arts. I love to read, and that has helped me. A lot of people don’t realize the importance of reading. It helps you articulate your thoughts better. It helps your critical thinking. It helps you do better in all of the other subjects. I just really want to pay it forward to my parents. They left Mexico so that my sister and I can have a better education. My mom was worried about what we would do in life. It was hard on her to leave her family in Mexico. So I want to honor my parents’ sacrifice by making them proud and doing right by them.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In ten years, I’d like to be in a successful corporate position or somewhere in the private sector. With a business degree, especially in finance, you have many options. I definitely want to be in a position, in which I am financially stable so that I may help others. I want to be happy and give back to my family and community. I want to be able to enjoy the simple things and never to allow success to go to my head.

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